growing grass - overseeding in autumn

As the leaves begin to change colour and the temperatures start to fall, homeowners with a passion for their lawn are about to embark on their autumn lawn care routines.  

Although overseeding isn’t a lawn care practice as well-known as some others (like weed control or aeration), it’s equally important and is an essential step in maintaining a healthy, vibrant-looking lawn during the autumn.

In this blog we’ll delve into why overseeding in autumn is essential, and the many benefits your lawn will receive from seasonal overseeding.

What is overseeding?

Overseeding is the process of sowing new seeds in your lawn to thicken out your grass growth. Overseeding helps to rejuvenate aging lawns, restores vitality to high-traffic areas, and enhances resistance to pests and lawn diseases.

Over time, lawns can become stressed and lose their vigour due to factors like climate, foot traffic, or lawn diseases. Overseeding allows your lawn to become more vibrant, resilient, and better equipped to thrive in challenging conditions.

Autumn is one of the best times, if not the best time of year, to overseed your lawn.

READ MORE: What Does Overseeding Do?

Benefits of overseeding in autumn

So, let’s get into why overseeding is best done in the autumn months!

1) Optimal growing conditions

Autumn offers a unique advantage for overseeding because of its ideal growing conditions. The soil is still warm from the summer, while the cooler air reduces the risk of heat stress on new grass seedlings. Additionally, rainfall is generally more consistent during the autumn, providing essential moisture for seed germination.

2) Crowding out weeds

One of the primary reasons for overseeding is to crowd out weeds. By introducing new grass seedlings into your lawn during autumn, you’re giving them a head start. These young grasses can outcompete weeds for resources, ultimately reducing weed growth in your lawn.

3) Repairing summer damage

After a long summer, lawns may show signs of wear and tear, such as bare patches, thinning grass, or areas damaged by heavy foot traffic. Overseeding in autumn helps repair these problem areas, filling gaps and promoting a thicker, healthier lawn.


Overall, it’s safe to agree that autumn is an incredibly important time of year for lawn care enthusiasts. By choosing the right time of year to overseed your lawn, you’re ensuring optimal conditions for new grass seedlings to flourish. This not only promotes a thicker, greener lawn, but also helps to combat weeds, repair summer damage, and improve the overall health of your lawn.

Here at Lawn & Weed Expert we have over 20 years of experience providing top-quality lawn care services, including overseeding. If you’d like to learn more about our overseeding lawn services, head on over to the information page on our website by clicking the link below!


If your lawn is in need of some much-needed TLC this autumn and you’re not sure which of our lawn care services are best suited, why not reach out and arrange your FREE lawn care survey? One of our lawn care professionals will assess your lawn and let you know which of our lawn care services will best benefit the health of your lawn, and give you a no-nonsense quote.

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